Fort William photographer’s hairy coo snap is MSP’s festive card choice

Fort William photographer Kyle Macintyre captured this great image of a Highland cow which MSP Kate Forbes has chosen as her Christmas card for this year. NO F49 Kyle MacIntyre hairy coo pic
Fort William photographer Kyle Macintyre captured this great image of a Highland cow which MSP Kate Forbes has chosen as her Christmas card for this year. NO F49 Kyle MacIntyre hairy coo pic

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A photograph of a Highland cow in front of a sun-kissed mountain has been selected as the front cover for Lochaber MSP Kate Forbes’s annual constituency Christmas card.

The cow was photographed by Kyle Macintyre of Fort William, and hundreds of people across the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency will receive a card from Ms Forbes during the festive season.

In an unusual twist, Mr Macintyre had originally submitted the snap for the MSP’s photography competition earlier in the year, where it was named a finalist. Kate was so impressed by it, she felt it was perfect for this year’s Christmas card.

Ms Forbes explained: ‘Every year I send out a constituency Christmas card to a variety of people and groups across Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.

‘Earlier this year I ran a competition to find a photo to be framed for my office at the Scottish Parliament – and there were many fantastic entries.

‘As winter had not long passed, a number of them had captured some spectacular snowy scenes in places like Ben Nevis and Glen Etive.

‘I thought Kyle’s photo of the Highland cow was perfect, and I’m delighted he’s agreed it can be on the front of my constituency Christmas card this year.’

This year, the card will raise awareness about an appeal for The Haven Appeal in Inverness.

The Haven Centre will be Scotland’s first multi-purpose facility for children and young people with severe learning disabilities. It will include a play centre – with indoor and outdoor facilities – respite facilities, supported accommodation, a community café and much more.

Iain Boyd, marketing project co-ordinator for the Haven Appeal, added: ‘We were delighted when Kate Forbes MSP asked us if we would be interested in working in partnership with her to design her Christmas cards.

‘This is an excellent opportunity for us to promote the Haven Appeal’s message of creating smiles on the faces of the children and young people who most deserve our help.

‘We hope that these Christmas cards will help to raise awareness of our cause among people across the Highlands and beyond.

‘The Haven Appeal Team would like to thank Kate Forbes MSP and all her staff for giving us this opportunity and for all their help throughout the design process.’